We used to live in the West Village in an apartment building called the Printing House. It was an old industrial print factory that was converted into cool loft apartments in the 70's. I recently heard the values of these apartments have gone parabolic.
According to StreetEasy, you can buy a lovely 3 bedroom apartment in the Printing House for a cool $4.25 million. This runs for about $1,700 a sq. ft. and comes fully equipped with a doorman and all the luxury a small family could ask for.
3 Br loft apartment in NYC's Printing House
That sounded like a pretty lofty price to a lay person like me. I wanted to see how far my money could go in Detroit. In keeping with the "printing house" theme, I was looking for some similar loft apartments until i came across a listing for what is effectively the entire printing INDUSTRY of Detroit: the Detroit Free Press Building.
The Detroit Free Press Building
You can own this entire historic 300,000 sq ft building for around $5 million right in the heart of downtown Detroit. They are saying it is ripe to be converted into 200 loft apartments. A sale price could come out to about $16 per sq. ft. Not a lot of downside in this compared with owning real estate priced 100X higher.
Talk about opportunity! If only the mainstream media would spend less time focusing on the disaster porn and more time on the people and businesses that are coming up with creative solutions for Detroit. There are several places in the D that have this kind of potential. Blank canvases - looking for smart and adventurous entrepreneurs who want to build something from nothing.